Welding Fundamentals II


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Course – 30 days
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Approximately 7 hours


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Welding Fundamentals II
Welding Fundamentals II

a comprehensive overview of common welding techniques

The AWS Welding Fundamentals II Course provides a comprehensive overview of resistance welding, plasma arc welding, electron beam welding, and laser beam welding, cutting, and drilling. Participants will learn about the science, equipment, consumables, process variables, safety precautions, and advantages and disadvantages inherent to each process. Click on the Course Modules tab below to see a list of the topics covered.


Approximately 7 hours of instruction divided into 21 easily manageable modules.

Participants can access the course 24/7 from any computer with an internet connection.

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MODULE 1 – Resistance Welding I: History & Science

MODULE 2 – Resistance Welding II: Equipment

MODULE 3 – Resistance Welding III: Consumables & Materials

MODULE 4 – Resistance Welding IV: Variables

MODULE 5 – Resistance Welding V: Safety

MODULE 6 – Resistance Welding VI: Spot & Projection Welding

MODULE 7 – Resistance Welding VII: Seam Welding & Advantages-Disadvantages

MODULE 8 – Plasma Arc Welding I: History, Science & Equipment

MODULE 9 – Plasma Arc Welding II: Variables & Advantages-Disadvantages

MODULE 10 – Electron Beam Welding I: History & Science I

MODULE 11 – Electron Beam Welding II: Science II

MODULE 12 – Electron Beam Welding III: Equipment I

MODULE 13 – Electron Beam Welding IV: Equipment II

MODULE 14 – Electron Beam Welding V: Variables & Safety

MODULE 15 – Electron Beam Welding VI: Advantages & Disadvantages

MODULE 16 – Laser Beam Processes I: History & Science

MODULE 17 – Laser Beam Processes II: Equipment, Consumables & Materials

MODULE 18 – Laser Beam Processes III: Cutting & Drilling

MODULE 19 – Laser Beam Processes IV: Variables

MODULE 20 – Laser Beam Processes V: Safety

MODULE 21 – Laser Beam Processes VI: Advantages & Disadvantages


How much do I need to know before taking this course?

To get the most out of this course, it is helpful to understand the basic principles of welding, including terminology, joint design, electrical characteristics, discontinuities, and safety. These topics are covered in the AWS online course, Welding Fundamentals I.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the science, terminology, equipment, variables, materials, safety, and applications of resistance welding, plasma arc welding, electron beam welding, and laser beam welding, cutting, and drilling. This course is ideal for students and established welders who want to expand their core competencies. The course is also perfect for salespersons, supervisors, and quality assurance personnel who want to expand their knowledge of these processes in order to excel in the welding industry.

How long do I have to complete this course?

Participants have access to the course content 24 hours a day for a period of 30 days from the date of registration. After this 30-day period, participants will have an additional 10 days to pass the completion exam. The exam can be activated before the end of the 30-day period if the participant has completed all the modules.

Does this course include a completion exam?

Yes. Upon completion of the final course module, participants are prompted to take an exam designed to evaluate their comprehension of the subject matter. The completion exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90 minute period. Participants who do not attain the 75% passing score may attempt to retake the exam a second time. Participants who attain a score of 75% or more on the completion exam earn an AWS Certificate of Completion and 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). The AWS Certificate of Completion can be downloaded and printed directly from the webpage.

Do I need to purchase any other materials?

No. All the materials and resources necessary to complete the course objectives are included.

Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for completing this course?

Yes. Participants that receive a score of 75% or above on the Completion Exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Can I use these Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for recertification?

Yes. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses and virtual conferences can be applied towards recertification provided the PDH’s are earned during the certification period.

Will this course help prepare me for the Certified Welding Inspector Exam?

Yes. The Certified Welding Inspector Fundamentals Exam (Part A) contains questions concerning the topics covered in this seminar. This course is designed to help prepare participants for this section of the exam.

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